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Summary: Some of think that because God has blessed us to have or be over things then it belongs to us and we forget about him.

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Its Not Yours Anyway

Scripture Reference: Acts 12:21-24 (KJV)

Acts 12:21-24 21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

I would like to share a short story with you that I copied from sermoncentral.com

Jeffrey Sturdivant

IT DEPENDS WHOSE HANDS IT’S IN

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19

A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is

worth about $33 million

It depends whose hands it’s in

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6

A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million

It depends whose hands it’s in

A tennis racket is useless in my hands

A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands

is a Wimbledon Championship

It depends whose hands it’s in

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal

A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea

It depends whose hands it’s in

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands

is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s

hands will feed thousands It depends whose hands it’s in

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse

Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce

salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.

So put your concerns, your worries, your fears,

your hopes, your dreams, your families and

your relationships in God’s hands because

It depends whose hands it’s in.(Author Unknown)...

Prayerfully we all realize that things become special when in the right hands.

Today I want to talk to those of us who have earned the right to be in leadership positions. Prayerfully we all realize that the things that God has given us charge over are not ours to call our own.

The King is here giving a victorious speech. He was really probably giving the speech to give more reasons for the people to respect him as much as he was giving it for anything else.

This should raise a red flag in our mind. It should make us take a second thought as to why we give some of our greatest speeches. Are we speaking to gain the respect and adoration of the people or are we really trying to please God with what he has given us to be a steward over.

Note: When I say speech I am referring to anytime we talk in authority. To our wife, mom, husband, children, employees, etc.

The writer Josephus noted that the king was dressed probably in some fancy shiny gear that really glared in the sun. The people were awed by his great outfit which subjected them to receive from the king even more. (Foolish men value the outward appearance of men).

These people were caught up in materialism anyhow. But the one thing was true about them is that they were very subjective which left them vulnerable. Sometimes we are more vulnerable than we think to leadership. We should never place the voice of our leader (earthly) over the voice of the Heavenly Father (God). Our leadership in turn should never speak without first hearing from God.

He was probably giving a great speech about how great he was in an attempt to erase out of the mind any hopes of the people rebelling against his authority as he sat in his great chair. This was no ordinary chair that the king sat in as he gave his speech. In fact, just by looking at the chair, one could assume some type of power held by the occupant.

The king also made sure that he gave the speech during great times. It was during the great sporting events. The people were probably already in great spirit of expectations.

There are times in our lives where our adrenaline is so pumped up that we are subject to hearing and receiving less than the truth without even knowing it. People have a way of surrounding their speech with the right preparation stages so that the actually speech is just dessert.

I see it all of the times in the movies. A con artist comes in and raises the adrenaline of his suspect and lays the load of lies on his prey without his prey having any idea on what is going on. For instance good insurance salesman would not approach you with the price of the insurance but he would probably try to get you excited about the fact that you truly need insurance in times like these. Once he raises the level of expectation then we are much more open to what he has to say than if he had simply come to us with a price list of his different policies.

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